April downers

Recent history offers some hope for the Twins: Two of the past 10 AL Central Division champions had losing records at the end of April, and two others were only .500. Here's a look at the past 10 division champs, and their first-month records:

Year Division Record end

champ of April

2014 Tigers 12-15

2013 Tigers 11-11

2012 Tigers 15-10

2011 Tigers 14-9

2010 Twins 15-8

2009 Twins 11-11

2008 White Sox 14-13

2007 Indians 14-8

2006 Twins 9-15

2005 White Sox 17-7